50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Craig Wright, the supposed bitcoin creator
Craig Wright is a computer scientist in Australia
Craig Wright, the self-styled inventor of bitcoin, continued to make waves in the software copyright space this year in his bid to secure the rights to the electronic cash system.
The Australian computer scientist filed intellectual property claims against two currency exchanges at the England and Wales High Court in May.
Wright, together with two companies associated with him, sued Kraken and Coinbase.
According to a statement from law firm Ontier, which is representing Wright, the two exchanges misrepresented that the digital asset “Bitcoin Core” was bitcoin.
Wright also argued in the ongoing copyright case with the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) this year that he was incapable of lying because of his autism. The trial at the High Court was delayed until 2024.
COPA, which was formed in September 2020, asked the court in 2021 to resolve the question of whether Wright had copyright ownership rights over the bitcoin white paper.
Wright had claimed he was Satoshi Nakamoto, the mythical author of the paper.
In a related libel suit, Wright convinced the High Court to find in his favour. The self-professed bitcoin creator sued blogger Peter McCormack over a series of tweets in 2019, and a video discussion broadcast on YouTube, in which McCormack said Wright was a “fraud” and is not Satoshi.
But the High Court awarded only £1 ($1.20) in damages, ruling that Wright had given “deliberately false evidence”.